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Lax vetting on Trump nominees begins to frustrate senators

Posted less than 1 hour ago in National

As President Donald Trump's pick to lead Veterans Affairs skids to a halt, senators from both parties are voicing frustration that the White House is skipping crucial vetting of nominees and leaving lawmakers to clean up the mess.



Waffle House suspect's ex-bosses asked FBI to keep, help him

Posted less than 1 hour ago in National

The co-owner of a Colorado crane company where the suspect in a deadly weekend shooting at a Nashville restaurant once worked said she had urged federal officials to keep him in custody after he was arrested at the White House last year.



Trump travel ban is focus of Supreme Court's last arguments

Posted less than 1 hour ago in National

The Supreme Court is saving one of its biggest cases for last. The justices are hearing arguments Wednesday over President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries.



Louisiana Senate advances 15-week abortion ban, with caveat

Posted less than 1 hour ago in National

Louisiana senators say they want a federal court to approve the most restrictive abortion policy in the country before a similar measure would take effect in their state.



Agency warns retailers not to sell Juul e-cigarette to kids

Posted less than 1 hour ago in National

Federal health officials on Tuesday announced a nationwide crackdown on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators.



AP-NORC Poll: For many online, Facebook is a habit

Posted less than 1 hour ago in National

Social media is a daily way of life for many Americans.



Senators considering a delay for VA confirmation hearing

Posted yesterday in National

Senators were discussing plans to delay the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's pick to be Veteran Affairs secretary over growing questions about the nominee's ability to manage the government's second-largest department.



Waffle House slaying suspect arrested after massive manhunt

Posted yesterday in National

The mentally unstable gunman suspected of killing four people in a late-night shooting at a Waffle House restaurant was arrested near his apartment Monday after hiding from police for more than a day, authorities said.



Commission begins probe into Florida high school massacre

Posted yesterday in National

A commission tasked with investigating government actions surrounding the Florida high school massacre and the state's other mass shootings is set to hold its first meeting.



Gun reform hard sell in rural Kentucky after school shooting

Posted yesterday in National

Jeff Dysinger's daughter survived two bullets from a classmate at her Kentucky high school this year, but he hasn't joined in the national outcry over guns that escalated after 17 people died in a Florida school shooting three weeks later.



Man who snatched AR-15 from gunman: 'It was life or death'

Posted 4/23/2018 in National

The man who snatched an AR-15 rifle from a gunman at a busy Tennessee restaurant says his was a "selfish" act of self-preservation and he doesn't consider himself a hero. Never mind that he is being credited with saving several other lives.



Waffle House suspect still being sought; Nashville residents on alert

Posted 4/23/2018 in National

As an intensive manhunt continues for the suspect in a Waffle House restaurant shooting that killed four people, police are warning residents of a Nashville neighborhood to beware of the alleged killer.



Trump appoints Keenum to agriculture board

Posted 4/23/2018 in National

President Donald J. Trump has named Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum as chairman of the Board for International Food and Agriculture Development.



Trump considering pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson

Posted 4/23/2018 in National

President Donald Trump says he's considering a posthumous pardon for boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after the late Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines.



New lynching memorial offers chance to remember, heal

Posted 4/23/2018 in National

Elmore Bolling defied the odds against black men and built several successful businesses during the harsh era of Jim Crow segregation in the South. He had more money than a lot of whites, which his descendants believe was all it took to get him lynched in 1947.



Laughter, tears as former first lady Barbara Bush remembered

Posted 4/23/2018 in National

Barbara Bush was remembered as the "first lady of the Greatest Generation" during a funeral Saturday attended by four former U.S. presidents and hundreds of other people who filled a Houston church with laughter as much as tears, with many recalling her quick wit and devotion to family.



Pompeo facing rare opposition from Senate panel

Posted 4/23/2018 in National

President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is facing serious opposition before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which may not have enough votes to recommend him for confirmation because all Democrats, and at least one Republican, have said they will oppose him.



Time for Trump's doctor to be examined, for VA chief

Posted 4/23/2018 in National

Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson was tending to grievously injured military personnel in Iraq when he was summoned to Washington to interview for a job he barely knew existed. He didn't see a way to get there.



New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

Posted 4/20/2018 in National

The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years and continuing a decline amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction, new data show.



Alabama mayor: 'Poop train' finally empty; sludge gone

Posted 4/20/2018 in National

The last train car full of New York City sewage sludge that has stunk up a small Alabama community for more than two months has finally been emptied, the town's mayor said this week.



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